Home Life Community Service Program

Purpose: Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.

Ideas: Consider projects that address issues such as women's health, theft prevention, service dog programs, individuals with disabilities, healthy lifestyles, life skill classes, healthy food choices, cooking classes, childcare, and preventing prescription drug abuse. Consider a program to help families at risk of food insecurity and health conditions driven by poor diets.
        *Promote awareness of Inside Knowledge and its resources all through the year, but especially during: National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month         (January);   Mother's Day         (May)
National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month         (September).


*        Celebrate June as National Cancer Survivor Month with lavender ribbons

*        Dining with Diabetes: Promote Diabetes education. Distribute printable food charts and lists on diabetes information. Hold cooking demonstrations and a tasting of healthy recipes.

*        Plan programs on breast cancer awareness. Host a "Bra-ha-ha" fundraising event where men and women from all walks of life come together to decorate bras in creative, hilarious, and eye-catching ways. Proceeds provide free mammograms and other breast health related services.

*        Start an exercise group in your club, then initiate a weight loss challenge in your club and keep track of pounds lost.

*        Promote healthy self-esteem and self-worth.

*        Work with local food banks and homeless shelters to provide needed donations, stock shelves, and provide other volunteer services.

*        Provide rides to the food pantry and grocery stores for families in need.

*        Work with local agencies that provide supportive services to the homeless and mentally challenged by volunteering at fundraisers and local events.

*        Partner with a local nursing home or mental health facility to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and disabled.

*        Organize clothing drives. Partner with other local agencies to distribute to the needy.

*         Hold financial workshops for women, retirees, or single parents

*         Offer workshops on protecting yourself from identity theft

*         Have an investment firm give a talk at a club meeting

*         Hold workshops on stress management or time management

*        Encourage members to go back to school or to take a class for fun


GFWC PARTNERSHIPS
CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE Contact: Nancy Murray, National Community Events Manager P.O. Box 446 2965 Dutton Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446 W: www.CCI.org Toll Free Number: 1-800-572-BARK (2275) P: 707-577-1781 E: NMurray@CCI.org mailto:NMurray@CCI.org

VETERAN'S INITIATIVE GFWC is working with Canine Companions for Independence on its Veteran's Initiative. Canine Companions has provided many assistance dogs to injured service men and women who are returning from wars. For a veteran making a new start putting his or her life back together from an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence.

GFWC RESOURCES
 EasterSeals, www.Easterseals.com, Contact: Teresa Summers, P: 815-730-2052 ext. 2, E: tsummers@joliet. easterseals.com.

 National Heart, Lung, and Blood's The Heart Truth®, www.hearttruth.gov, Contact: Monique Ndenecho, P: 301827-4877, E:

Monique.ndenecho@nih.gov <mailto:Monique.ndenecho@nih.gov>.

 Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer Campaign, http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge, Contact: Jennifer Chu, P: 202-729-4263, E:
Jennifer.chu@ogilvy.com <mailto:Jennifer.chu@ogilvy.com>.

 Explore options to help with Feeding America by going to www.feedingamerica.org and learn how you can help in your community, state, and nation.

 Learn more about American Cancer Society initiatives by going to
www.cancer.org <http://www.cancer.org>.

 Work to promote Alzheimer's disease awareness by going to
www.alz.org <http://www.alz.org>.

 Promote awareness of Diabetes by going to www.diabetes.org and http://diabetesfoundation.jdrf.com/info/jdrf/ and utilize those resources to help your community.